Poll: Half of Men Cannot Label Where the Vagina Is On a Picture of the Female Body
It should be day one of any sex education class, when schoolchildren learn the basic parts of the female anatomy.
But half of men are embarrassingly unable to correctly label where a woman’s vagina is on a picture of the female body.
Much to their shame, 500 out of 1,000 men failed when asked to identify it on a diagram also showing the vulva, cervix, ovaries and Fallopian tubes.
The finding has been published to raise awareness of how little many of us know about gynaecological cancers. It is a common misconception that the opening of the genitals, the vulva, is the vagina, which is actually further up within the women’s body.
The Eve Appeal, which polled men and women to coincide with Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month in September, found around one in six men ‘know nothing about gynaecological health issues and don’t feel that I need to know, as it is a female issue.’
The charity said that for too many men, women’s bodies are still a taboo subject, ‘shrouded in mystery’. Half of those surveyed said they would not be comfortable discussing gynaecological issues with a female partner.
However almost one in five women also said they would not go to see a doctor if they had abnormal vaginal bleeding – one of the key symptoms across cancers of the womb, ovaries, cervix, vagina and vulva.
…‘This is not about having better sex. It’s about men helping women to look after their health. Gynae awareness and taboo busting are all of our responsibility, men and women alike.’